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  • Kevlar/Carbon Fiber

    Hi, all -

    I am about to start building my own accoustic drums, and wanted a unique finish. So, I am looking into covering the shells with carbon fiber and epoxy. Does anyone have any ideas about what this might do to the sound?

    http://www.fibreglast.com/products.p...1b438d6&area=6

    The cloth is the same stuff used in airplanes and kayaks and such. In particular, I am interested in "3K, 2X2 Twill Weave Graphite Fabric, #1069". You know, the deep grey weave that looks like it's about a mile thick?

    Thanks!

    - Hans
    - Hans

  • #2
    More correctly -

    I want to cover new maple shells with this material and a few coats of resin. Not make the drums from this material from scratch.

    Thanks!

    - Hans
    - Hans

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    • #3
      Herbie Hancock...

      Hans, have you considered "Rocket" carbon-fiber shells?
      -Danny

      Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.

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      • #4
        Resonate?

        I think your shells would look cool as ****!! But would they resonate? Are you planning to trigger them or play them strictly as accoustics?

        You know, when you tap the side of a kayak it does resonate a bit ... but then, your average kayak doesn't have a maple core to it. I kinda have my doubts...

        They would look cool, though!!!
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        • #5
          Hate to put a damper on an "original" idea...

          Pearl currently makes a maple/carbon fiber kit. But, their description of the set sounds great. They are extremely rare and expensive, so you might be able to obtain great results from a "home brew" kit. Besides how fun would it be to lay down $10K on a kit anyways....

          Here are some links:

          http://www.pearldrum.com/newcombo.asp

          http://www.pearldrum.com/carbonply.html


          Masterworks Carbon Fiber Maple Kit



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          ASD-6514CM 6.5"x14" snare drum feature Die-Cast hoops, machined Stainless Steel Tension Rods, SR-015 strainer and S-030N 24 strand snare wires All are finished in high gloss Carbon Fiber with Black chrome hardware.

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          Attached Files

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          • #6
            hmasing, would you wrap a violin?

            Nope, then don't just cover an acoustic shell with carbon fiber and epoxy. It will muffle the free resonating drum shell.
            Robert

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            • #7
              Originally posted by puttenvr
              hmasing, would you wrap a violin?

              Nope, then don't just cover an acoustic shell with carbon fiber and epoxy. It will muffle the free resonating drum shell.
              You mean much the same way ANY covering on the drum will limit resonance? My current Pearls have a laminate layer on top of the wood, and they sound great.

              What I was looking at was attaching a layer of the kevlar cloth that looks like this:

              <img src="http://www.fibreglast.com/prod_images/1069L.jpg">

              ...and then puting just enough epoxy on it to seal it from damage. I would do this on top of a 6-ply maple shell.

              This would be a minimal layer on top of the drum. Knowing that Pearl sells a kevlar kit helps me with this decision.

              Thanks, all!

              - Hans
              - Hans

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              • #8
                Originally posted by puttenvr
                hmasing, would you wrap a violin?
                Umm, it turns out that this is a viable method.

                http://www.electricviolins.com/index.html

                The bodies of these violins are made from kevlar.



                (Yeah, yeah, I know)

                - Hans
                - Hans

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                • #9
                  I think Tommy Aldridge switched racks/cages several times.. I remember seeing ads with him with Yamaha 'System' racks, and then the other 2 were Falicon systems (defunct) and I THINK he also used one by Greg Voelker, who was making Premier's rack systems and is featured in the Feb 1991 Modern Drummer with David Garibaldi on the cover..

                  I think the only one still in business out of these is Yamaha.. I searched for Falicon a couple weeks ago and only found some early 90's pics.. they had the ads with the triple bass kit, with the 'international federation of planets' or something on the bass drum logos..

                  I remember Tommy Aldridge had a reply to a reader asking how he got his snare sound on Slip of the Tongue (1989), and he said 'two words: Carbon Fiber!' and then went on a little bit about how Yamaha had these prototype drums he was trying out and they were loud and clean, etc.. I wonder how they would sound with Kevlar heads on them? A completely woven head and shell combo.. Just need some woven lugs now
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                  • #10
                    Yeah it was a pretty wild design.. I always liked Voelker's racks, cause the ones I saw had no front or side supports for the upper level, there were completely held up from behind..
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                    • #11
                      yeah, that could very well be.. If it's the pic with all of Yamaha's orchestral percussion and the PTX-8 pads on the rack with the red drum kit, I remember the pic very well.. if it's another, by all means, scan it!
                      There was another from behind the kit I remember, with a tom on the left, and 3 elec pads up in the air on the left.. Anything else, I'd love to see..

                      Anyone remember the Yamaha kit in the Steelheart "I'll never let you go" video?! That was sweet!
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                      • #12
                        Man, would I love a turn behind that kit!
                        My website...
                        VCustom kit,
                        TD8 + Aphex Impulse,
                        HDI Cymbals.
                        A great site: eDrumming.com

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                        • #13
                          Aqua Net and Spandex, Revisited

                          Originally posted by Shep2112
                          Anyone remember the Yamaha kit in the Steelheart "I'll never let you go" video?! That was sweet!
                          Ohmygawd, Steelheart! I don't remember the drum kit or video; just the singer with the Mariah Carey-esque dog-whistle voice!!!

                          The 80's were a helluva lotta fun...
                          -Danny

                          Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.

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                          • #14
                            I'm assuming he died from that? When was that? I never heard about that. What happened to the rest of the band? Did they become Pearl Jam perhaps? Just kidding, but seriously what happened?
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                            • #15
                              Singer not dead at all

                              So I looked up Steelheart just now.. The singer didn't die, he formed a new incarnation of the band in 93, after their second album (92), and then went solo under the name Mikey Steel..

                              See below...

                              Steelheart
                              Formed 1981, U.S.A.

                              1990 Steelheart
                              1992 Tangled In Reins
                              1996 Wait

                              History
                              Melodic pop metal band with majestic vocals. Hit it big with their debut album and became MTV darlings before the grunge movement crushed any momentum they once had.
                              Formed in Norwalk, Conneticut by Mike Matijevic (vocals), Chris Risola (guitar), Frank DiCostanzo (guitar), and Rage Of Angels members James Ward (bass) and John Fowler (drums). Matijevic's multi-octave range was what set the band apart from most others in the late stages of the glam era.
                              The debut album went platinum behind MTV's heavy rotation of the power ballad I'll Never Let You Go. But the follow-up, which showed the band could really rock, didn't get the exposure it deserved and alienated fans who wanted the glossy production of the original album. After the tour the original band disbanded, leaving Matijevic with the Steelheart name.
                              In 1993 Matijevic began demoing new material and created a revamped Steelheart around Kenny Kanowaski (guitarist who had worked previously with Mark Slaughter and even sang backup on Slaughter's debut album), Vincent Mele Jr. (bass), Alex Makarovich (drums) and Derek Austin (drums). The album did huge business in Asia but never even got an American release, and the band was put on hold again.
                              Matijevic currently records and acts under the name of Mikey Steel. Risola is pursuing a solo career while Kanowaski and Mele continue to record as Chillin Sun.

                              Where was the dying info from?
                              -Eric
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